Fall Maintenance For Interior Of HomeOctober 5th 2018
Fall is here and it's the time of year when we inspect our homes and ensure our homes' heating systems are in fine working order. While the timing of the seasons varies, this maintenance list is a general guide for you to follow.
- Have furnace or heating system serviced by a qualified service company every year for a gas furnace, the same for oil or propane furnaces and heat pumps.
- Open furnace humidifier damper on units with central air conditioning and clean humidifier.
- Change your furnace filter at least 4 times each year. During the winter, when your furnace is working overtime, a clean pleated filter will help keep your furnace operating as efficiently as possible. Furnace ducts should be cleaned every 3-5 years. Ventilation system, such as heat recovery ventilator, filters should be checked every two months.
- Hire a hydronic heating contractor to service hot water (radiant or convection) heating systems.
- Examine the forced air furnace fan belt for wear, looseness or noise; clean fan blades of any dirt buildup (after disconnecting the electricity to the motor first). This will be done by your heating service contractor.
- Turn ON gas furnace pilot light. Have yours serviced if you are not familiar on “how to”.
- Vacuum electric baseboard heaters to remove dust.
- Remove the grilles on forced air systems and vacuum inside the ducts.
- If the heat recovery ventilator has been shut off for the summer, clean the filters and the core, and pour water down the condensate drain to test it.
- Clean portable humidifier, if one is used.
- Ensure all doors to the outside shut tightly, and check other doors for ease of use. Renew door weatherstripping if required. Insufficient weather stripping waste hundreds of dollars on heating bills when $50 will cover the cost of weather stripping most homes.
- If there is a door between your house and the garage, check the adjustment of the self-closing device to ensure it closes the door completely.
- Check attic insulation. Many homes have insufficient insulation, another source of heat loss. Average homes should have between R-28 (8 inches) to R-40 (12 inches) of insulation in the attic, more in colder climates. New breakthroughs in insulation feature recycled mine slag (called Rockwool Insulation, one brand is Roxul) as an environmental alternative.
- Check your household smoke alarm, carbon monoxide alarm and change batteries.